Novembers' big movie release came in the form of "Life of Pi," the newest movie by director Ang Lee. The cast for "Life of Pi" was incredibly brilliant with each actor bringing their heart and soul into the film. The cast introduced Suraj Sharma to the silver-screen as Pi himself, with other names such as Irrfan Khan, Tabu, and Andrea Di Stefano, among others.
Based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martel, "Life of Pi" is a heart-wrenching adventure story centering on Pi Patel, the son of a zoo keeper. Living in Pondicherry, India, the family decides to move to Canada, hitching a ride on a huge freighter. After a terrible storm, the ship sinks and Pi finds himself adrift on the Pacific Ocean on a 26-foot lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, all fighting for survival in hopes that they will soon be rescued.
The movie held fairly true to the book, "Life of Pi", written in 2001 by Yann Martel. Each actor portrayed the characters exceptionally well and the more I watched, the more invested into the characters I became, most especially Pi himself. The movie brings not only the story of a young boys' struggle for survival to light, but offers up a rich spiritual and religious subtext without being too overwhelming or focusing too much on a single religion or belief.
The score that the movie is set to, is one of the most compelling that I have heard recently. Coupled with the outstanding CG work and actual environments, the music uplifts the entire experience and really helps the viewer delve deep into the experience of being lost at sea. The music helps the viewer bond with the characters, most importantly Pi, and creates this desire to see him succeed and survive another day.
"Life of Pi" is a brilliant movie, and while not for everyone, is defiantly a movie worth seeing. The musical score is wonderful, the characters are really well portrayed, and while there is a religious/spiritual subtext it isn't overwhelming to the point of making any one feel awkward or uncomfortable. If you have not yet seen it, I strongly urge you to check it out, you won't regret it!